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Emily Wexler is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Her work shapes itself through an intense desire to uncover gravity of meaning by layering aspects of memory, sorrow, fear, sincerity, humor, urgency, and love. She has been honored with the ACDFA/Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Choreography, was a recipient of the Gertude Claytor Award from the Academy of American Poets for a collection of her poems, received a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and was nominated for a Bessie Award for her performance in Yvonne Meier's "Mad Heidi."

Currently, Emily is on faculty at The University of the Arts, The Putney School and Long Island University Brooklyn. She has been in the practice of teaching and making work with students at Hollins University, Dickinson College, University of Memphis, American Dance Festival, University City Arts League, American College Dance Festival, and North Carolina State University. Since 2003, Emily has taught senior citizens throughout Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Most consistently she has worked with the Senior League of Flatbush, the Senior League of Midwood, Park Slope Senior Center. From 2012-2015 The Brooklyn Arts Council awarded Emily with a SPARC Grant to make dances at the JASA Scheurer Senior Center and for Seniors from the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc. and the Grace Agard Harewood Senior Center in Bedford Stuyvesant.

Emily's work has been seen at the American Dance Festival, America Realness Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Knitting Factory, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, The Center (LGBT Community Center), Draftworks at Danspace Project, CATCH at the Invisible Dog, Joyce SoHo, The Flea, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, Galapagos, AUNTS, Wuk (Austria), You Have to Burn to Shine (Paris), and most distinctly in the living room of Communist/Activist Paul Robeson. As a performer she has worked with Rebecca Brooks, Kim Brandt, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Karinne Keithley, Jen McGinn, Ryan McNamara, Yvonne Meier, and Katy Pyle. Emily received a BA and MFA in Dance from Hollins University.

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